Check out SUNDIAL and get a head start on your Labor Day holiday weekend with a great book…on us!

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Let’s Get Greg Louganis on a Wheatie’s Box!

In SUNDIAL, Blair Delaney has a shrine to Greg Louganis in her room.  A collection of photos, newspaper and magazine clippings of the great Olympic diver. (In real life, one of us may have had said shrine…)  But we could not believe it when we just read that he never got his own Wheatie’s box! Surely that would have been included in Blair’s Louganis collection.  Let’s get Greg on a Wheatie’s box by signing this petition created on!

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More and more people are reading THE GIRL ON THE TRAIN while they are actually on the train! Escape Commuting with a Great Read!

Recent data confirms what most of us already know, “In a Nielsen survey of 2,000 people this past December, about 54% of e-book buyers said they used smartphones to read their books at least some of the time. That’s up from 24% in 2012, according to a separate study commissioned by Nielsen.”

Amazon and Google are obliging this trend with better fonts to read on smaller phone screens. Not convinced? Give Sundial a try and see why it will make you pull out your phone to read along your way to find out what happens next!

#CommuteReads #Goodreads #amreading #suspense


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Different is Beautiful

A rare white-faced fawn with blue eyes is a beautiful reminder that unique and different can be captivating and beautiful.

The fawn, named Dragon, was abandoned by its mother due to its inability to hide. Without the ability to use natural camouflage, Dragon would attract predators to itself, its mother and other fawns. Thankfully, an animal farm in Michigan decided to extend a hand and raise Dragon.  Dragon’s mother carries a rare genetic defect and occurs in less than one percent of the whitetail deer population.

Exchange-White-Face Fawn: His birth mother, "Bunny" is a special type of whitetail deer known as the Piebald, which carries a genetic defect causing it to have large areas of white in its coat. The defect reportedly occurs in less than 1 percent of the whitetail deer population. Dragon was rejected by his mother after birth, likely by natural instinct because he looks different than other fawns. (Cory Morse/The Grand Rapids Press via AP)

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Remember What Memorial Day Is Really About…

Memorial Day

Thanks to USA TODAY for compiling this list of the number of casualties in each U.S. war:

Civil War: Approximately 620,000 Americans died. The Union lost almost 365,000 troops and the Confederacy about 260,000. More than half of these deaths were caused by disease.

World War I: 116,516 Americans died, more than half from disease.

World War II: 405,399 Americans died.

Korean War: 36,574 Americans died.

Vietnam Conflict: 58,220 Americans died. More than 47,000 Americans were killed in action and nearly 11,000 died of other causes.

Operation Desert Shield/Desert Storm: 148 U.S. battle deaths and 145 non-battle deaths.

Operation Iraqi Freedom: 4,422 U.S. service members died.

Operation New Dawn: 66 U.S. service members died.

Operation Enduring Freedom: 2,318 U.S. service members have died as of May 12, 2014.

#MemorialDay #USA

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Are You Like Reid? Read this and find out!

Reid Wallace’s smoky quartz eyes and athletic build are not lost on Whitney Forbes but it is his ability to understand what she is feeling that makes her take notice. She soon learns that Reid is an empath (a highly sensitive person who is capable of feeling the emotions of others) and it is his unique ability to understand Whitney’s true self that captivates her.

Interestingly, in today’s The Wall Street Journal, there is an article by Elizabeth Bernstein on the HSP or Highly Sensitive Person. The newspaper reports, “research studies show that about 20% of the population fits into this category, and the trait is found in the same numbers in men and women. Sometimes called Sensory Processing Sensitivity, high sensitivity isn’t a disorder or a condition but rather an innate, permanent trait.  Brain-scan studies of HSPs show differences in their neural activity, compared with non-HSPs: HSPs are more empathic, pay closer attention to their environment and are more attentive to social clues from their close friends and partners.”  Huh. So it looks like Reid just got a bit more real to all of us who already know and love him. Cool!

Are you like Reid and highly sensitive to your environment and those in it? Take the quiz developed by research psychologists Elaine and Arthur Aron and find out!

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Check out SUNDIAL and get a head start on your Memorial Day holiday weekend with a great book…on us!

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Timbuktu’s Renaissance and Priceless Manuscripts

In The Light Bringer’s Way, Whitney and friends discover some of the lost manuscripts of Timbuktu.  This recent PBS special highlights efforts to revive Timbuktu and restore and preserve the priceless manuscripts.  One man in particular, Dr. Abdulwadid Abderrahim Haidara, serves as custodian of the manuscripts and went to great lengths to keep hundreds of thousands of them safe when the city was invaded by extremists in 2012.

It is suggested that perhaps we should look to the past for answers to some of today’s problems.  Look to our past…Sounds like something that our beloved Mr. Parks would say!

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Pack This Trilogy For Spring Break Reading!

The snow is melting, the clocks have sprung forward and the official start of spring is right around the corner…it must be perfect timing that Light Keeper’s Flame is now available on Kindle! Enjoy all three books of The Light Bringer Series and treat yourself to an exciting trilogy on your spring break!

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Thank You, Mr. Spock

Brian Truitt, USA TODAY, wrote a nice piece on the passing of Leonard Nimoy and he happened to mention the value of his character, Mr. Spock, on the Star Trek TV series:

In a series that not only paved the way for Star Wars, Battlestar Galactica and light-years’ worth of material that’d keep the Comic-Con crowd entertained, social struggles emerged, too. And Spock, with his half-human heritage, spoke to anyone who felt a little different or looked at the world from the view of an outsider.

Science fiction provides an excellent platform for us to gain a better look at ourselves and our humanity (and sometimes lack thereof). Leonard Nimoy gave us the ability to care about a character that had strengths and weaknesses and perhaps the opportunity to grew a bit ourselves. A real and lasting achievement. Thank you, Mr. Spock.

#StarTrek #Spock #Nimoy

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